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Bucs aiming to get back to ground-ball basics

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:46:53 EDT

As the Pirates evaluate what went wrong this year and identify where they can improve next season, they will start from the ground up. That's true in a symbolic sense, as Pittsburgh's front office is poring over everything that led to a disappointing 78-83 campaign. But it's also literal, a product of the Pirates pitching staff's dip in ground-ball rate.

Pirates' 2016 power surge part of MLB-wide trend

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:58:53 EDT

Pittsburgh's home run output increased from 140 to 153 this year, but the Bucs dropped from 10th to 12th-most in the NL. The Royals (147), Giants (130), Marlins (128) and Braves (122) were the only Major League clubs to hit fewer homers than the Bucs.

Pirates dismiss Sofield, reassign Leyva

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:47:41 EDT

The Pirates made two changes to their Major League coaching staff on Saturday, dismissing third-base coach Rick Sofield and reassigning first-base coach Nick Leyva to a position in the front office.

#AwardWorthy: Vote Bucs fan for Best Fan catch

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:22:26 EDT

Did a Pirates fan make the year's Best Fan catch? Vote now to help the Bucs win big in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards, the baseball industry's ultimate honors.

Defensive versatility next step for Bell

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:50:12 EDT

Josh Bell's bat made him one of the top prospects in the Pirates' system. But when the 24-year-old left his end-of-season exit interview with manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington, he was thinking mostly about his defense.

Locke uncertain of future with Pirates

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:30:15 EDT

During his time in the bullpen this year, Jeff Locke learned about the disciplined routines that make good relievers successful night after night. He learned about the camaraderie of Pittsburgh's relief corps and came to appreciate the ability to go from idle observer to game-on-the-line pitcher

Jaso could add another mitt to his collection

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:00:19 EDT

John Jaso adjusted well to playing 1B for the first time this past season, and the Pirates would like him to add 3B to his repertoire this winter.

Bolstering rotation is Pirates' top offseason priority

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:09:06 EDT

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington will be looking to add an experienced starter to his talented young rotation this offseason.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:24:41 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

MLB Pipeline names Bell, Glasnow Bucs' top prospects

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:32:42 EDT

This time last year, Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow had a month's worth of Triple-A experience. Now, they're entering their first offseason as Major Leaguers with one more Minor League accolade.

Pirates prospects in action as Fall League gets under way

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:15:44 EDT

The spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Pirates instructs features pitching from trades, Draft

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:36:03 EDT

The Pirates clearly had the old "you can never have too much pitching" adage in their collective heads when making trades during the season, and many of those new faces will be on display at instructs.

Bucs acquire reliever Dragmire from Blue Jays

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 17:45:46 EDT

The Pirates on Wednesday acquired right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, picking up a Minor League reliever who fits their ground-ball preference for pitchers.

Cutch sees no need to move from center field

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:02:47 EDT

When the time comes, Andrew McCutchen says, he'll be willing to talk about it. But he doesn't believe it's time for a position change yet.

Young Bucs bright spot of inconsistent 2016

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:40:33 EDT

The Pirates knew this would be a year of transition, a changing of the guard in many ways, as they replaced key parts of their 2013-15 core and introduced several players who will hold down major roles in their future. But they still hoped it wouldn't be a true "bridge" year, a gap in their recent run of trips to the postseason. That's what it turned out to be, however, as the Pirates spun their wheels around the .500 mark through most of a disappointing year and missed the playoffs for the first time since their last losing season in 2012.

McCutchen never felt like himself at plate in '16

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:05:58 EDT

The weirdest, worst season of Andrew McCutchen's career ended with a solid two-month stretch. After four miserable months, McCutchen at least looked more like himself.

Vote now: Polanco up for Hank Aaron Award

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:41:21 EDT

Gregory Polanco is the Pirates' candidate for the Aaron Award, given to the top offensive player in each league. Voting ends Oct. 14. Cast your ballot now.

Bucs can't contain Cards, fall in season finale

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:12:47 EDT

The Cardinals did their part, thumping the Pirates, 10-4, to end the season with four straight wins. But they did not get the necessary help out West, where the Giants, with their own sweep, ended the Cardinals' postseason pursuit at 5:11 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Vogelsong sees bright future after strong finish

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:48:48 EDT

An hour after the end of the Pirates' disappointing season, not far removed from the final start of another trying year, Ryan Vogelsong stood in front of his locker and looked ahead.

Resurgent starters, stars key for Bucs in 2017

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:46:13 EDT

After a disappointing season that ended weeks earlier than they would have liked, can the Pirates find their way back into the postseason in 2017? Several rookies got their feet wet this year, and they'll be asked to play bigger roles next season. While the former prospects are a major part of the Pirates' future success, they won't go far without a return to form from their stars. Everyone, young and old, will need to step up to put the Pirates back in the postseason picture.

Bucs place Marte on DL as 'paperwork move'

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:03:56 EDT

The Pirates quietly placed All-Star outfielder Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to back tightness.

Bucs offense falls flat after Kang's early homer

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:20:00 EDT

It will all come down to Game 162 for the Cardinals, who, with a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium, staved off potential Wild Card elimination on Saturday. Jedd Gyorko delivered the game-winning hit with his two-out, eighth-inning home run.

Glasnow closes season with encouraging start

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:10:00 EDT

Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, looking to cap a frustrating season with a positive finish, focused on shortening up his delivery Friday night. The end result was perhaps his best appearance in the Major Leagues, as he held the Cardinals to one run on one hit over five mostly efficient innings in Pittsburgh's 7-0 loss at Busch Stadium.

Glasnow battles, but rival Cardinals fly away

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 01:42:17 EDT

With an inspired start by Carlos Martinez and a flood of production against the Pirates' bullpen, the Cardinals asserted their place in the National League Wild Card race with a 7-0 victory at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win kept pressure on the Giants, who held their one-game lead over the Cards for the second Wild Card spot after beating the Dodgers later in the evening.

Cubs-Pirates game suspended, ends in tie

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:47:36 EDT

As the Pirates and Cubs discovered Thursday night, there is tying in baseball. Their series finale at PNC Park was suspended and declared a 1-1 tie after being delayed by rain.

Taillon, Bucs look ahead after fine rookie season

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:01:34 EDT

On Wednesday night, Jameson Taillon wrapped up an impressive debut season in the Major Leagues, pitching six innings of one-hit, one-run ball against baseball's best team in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Cubs at PNC Park.

Nova has solid final start, wants to stay with Bucs

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:31:42 EDT

Ivan Nova's season came to an unlikely end Thursday night at PNC Park, with a 5 1/3-inning complete game in a 1-1 tie with the Cubs in the Bucs' home finale. Was it the last start Nova, a pending free agent, will make for the Pirates?

A photo finish in the Pirates' Pierogi Race

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:58:06 EDT

A photo finish in the Pirates' Pierogi Race

Jaso hits for first cycle in PNC Park history

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:24:52 EDT

Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit his way to PNC Park history on Wednesday night, completing the first cycle in the history of Pittsburgh's ballpark along the Allegheny River in the Bucs' 8-4 win over the Cubs. Jaso went 4-for-4 with five RBIs.

Jaso's cycle leads Pirates past Arrieta, Cubs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:45:05 EDT

Nearly a year ago, Jake Arrieta crushed the Pirates' postseason hopes before they could truly begin, tossing a shutout in the Cubs' National League Wild Card Game victory. On Wednesday night, John Jaso led Pittsburgh's recent revenge tour against the Cubs right-hander, hitting for the first cycle in PNC Park history as the Bucs scored seven runs off Arrieta in an 8-4 win.

Pirates to play Blue Jays in Montreal next spring

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:41:55 EDT

For the fourth straight year, there will be Major League Baseball in Montreal. This time, the Pirates are getting in on the action. The Pirates will wrap up Spring Training next year with a pair of exhibition games against the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium north of the border. The clubs are scheduled to play Friday, March 31, at 7:05 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 1, at 1:05 p.m.

Has anyone with hair as wonderful as Jaso's ever hit for the cycle?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:32:25 EDT

The wonderfully-locked Jaso hits for cycle

Bucs officially eliminated, but will keep moving forward

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:46:10 EDT

The Pirates began the season with postseason expectations and championship aspirations. They want to play meaningful games in September and playoff baseball in October, as general manager Neal Huntington has often said. But that dream officially ended late Tuesday night, when the Pirates lost their fourth straight game, a 6-4 defeat to the Cubs, and the Giants beat the Rockies, 12-3, in San Francisco.